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July 15

2 Chronicles 25:1-28
1. Amaziah was 25 years old when he became king. He ruled for 29 years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jehoaddin. Jehoaddin was from Jerusalem.
2. Amaziah did what the Lord wanted him to do, but not with all his heart.
3. He became a strong king and killed the officials who had killed his father the king.
4. But Amaziah obeyed the law written in the Book of Moses and did not kill the official's children. The Lord commanded, "Parents must not be put to death for something their children did, and children must not be put to death for something their parents did. People should be put to death only for what they themselves did."
5. Amaziah gathered the people of Judah together. He grouped them by families and he put generals and captains in charge of these groups. The leaders were in charge of all the soldiers from Judah and Benjamin. All the men who were chosen to be soldiers were 20 years old and older. In all there were 300,000 skilled soldiers ready to fight with spears and shields.
6. Amaziah also hired 100,000 soldiers from Israel. He paid 3?tons of silver to hire these soldiers.
7. But a man of God came to Amaziah and said, "King, don't let the army of Israel go with you. The Lord is not with Israel or with the people of Ephraim.
8. Maybe you will make yourself strong and ready for war, but God can help you win or help you lose."
9. Amaziah said to the man of God, "But what about the money I already paid to the Israelite army?" The man of God answered, "The Lord has plenty. He can give you much more than that."
10. So Amaziah sent the Israelite army back home to Ephraim. These men were very angry with the king and the people of Judah. They went back home very angry.
11. Then Amaziah became very brave and led his army to the Salt Valley in the country of Edom. There his army killed 10,000 men from Seir.
12. They also captured 10,000 men from Seir and took them to the top of a cliff. Then the army of Judah threw them from the top of the cliff while they were still alive and their bodies were broken on the rocks below.
13. Meanwhile, the Israelite army was attacking towns in Judah. They attacked the towns from Beth Horon all the way to Samaria. They killed 3000 people and took many valuable things. They were angry because Amaziah didn't let them join him in the war.
14. Amaziah came home after he defeated the Edomites. He brought the idols that the people of Seir worshiped. He started to worship those idols. He bowed down in front of them and burned incense to them.
15. The Lord was very angry with Amaziah, so he sent a prophet to him. The prophet said, "Amaziah, why have you worshiped the gods those people worship? Those gods could not even save their own people from you!"
16. When the prophet spoke, Amaziah said to the prophet, "We never made you an advisor to the king. Be quiet! If you don't be quiet, you will be killed." The prophet became quiet, but then said, "God has decided to destroy you because you did this and didn't listen to my advice."
17. King Amaziah of Judah talked with his advisors. Then he sent a message to King Jehoash of Israel. Amaziah said to Jehoash, "Let's meet face to face." Jehoash was Jehoahaz's son. Jehoahaz was Jehu's son.
18. Then Jehoash sent his answer to Amaziah. Jehoash was the king of Israel and Amaziah was the king of Judah. Jehoash told this story: "A little thornbush of Lebanon sent a message to a big cedar tree of Lebanon. The little thornbush said, 'Let your daughter marry my son.' But a wild animal came and walked over the thornbush and destroyed it.
19. You say to yourself, 'I have defeated Edom!' You are proud and you brag. But you should stay at home. There is no need for you to get into trouble. If you fight me, you and Judah will be destroyed."
20. But Amaziah refused to listen. God made this happen. God planned to let Israel defeat Judah, because the people of Judah followed the gods the people of Edom followed.
21. So King Jehoash of Israel met King Amaziah of Judah face to face at the town of Beth Shemesh in Judah.
22. Israel defeated Judah. Every man of Judah ran away to his home.
23. Jehoash captured Amaziah at Beth Shemesh and took him to Jerusalem. Amaziah's father's name was Joash. Joash's father's name was Jehoahaz. Jehoash tore down a 600-foot section of the wall of Jerusalem from the Ephraim Gate to the Corner Gate.
24. He took the gold and silver and all the other things in God's Temple that Obed Edom was responsible for. Jehoash also took the treasures from the king's palace and some people as hostages. Then he went back to Samaria.
25. Amaziah lived 15 years after Jehoash died. Amaziah's father was King Joash of Judah.
26. Everything else Amaziah did, from beginning to end, is written in the book, The History of the Kings of Judah and Israel.
27. When Amaziah stopped obeying the Lord, the people in Jerusalem made plans against Amaziah. He ran away to the town of Lachish. But the people sent men to Lachish and they killed Amaziah there.
28. Then they carried his body on horses and buried him with his ancestors in the City of Judah.

2 Chronicles 26:1-23
1. Then the people of Judah chose Uzziah to be the new king in place of Amaziah. Amaziah was Uzziah's father. Uzziah was 16 years old when he became king.
2. Uzziah rebuilt the town of Elath and gave it back to Judah. He did this after Amaziah died and was buried with his ancestors.
3. Uzziah was 16 years old when he became king. He ruled 52 years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jecoliah. Jecoliah was from Jerusalem.
4. Uzziah did what the Lord wanted him to do. He obeyed God the same as his father Amaziah had done.
5. Uzziah followed God in the time of Zechariah's life. Zechariah taught Uzziah how to respect and obey God. When Uzziah was obeying the Lord, God gave him success.
6. Uzziah fought a war against the Philistines. He tore down the walls around the towns of Gath, Jabneh, and Ashdod. Uzziah built towns near the town of Ashdod and in other places among the Philistines.
7. God helped Uzziah fight the Philistines, the Arabs living in the town of Gur Baal, and the Meunites.
8. The Ammonites paid tribute to Uzziah. His name became famous all the way to the border of Egypt. He was famous because he was very powerful.
9. Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate, at the Valley Gate, and at the place where the wall turned. He made them strong.
10. He built towers in the desert. He also dug many wells. He had many cattle in the hill country and in the flat lands. He had farmers in the mountains and in the lands where growth was good. He also had men who took care of vineyards. He loved farming.
11. Uzziah had an army of trained soldiers. They were put in groups by Jeiel the secretary and Maaseiah the officer. Hananiah was their leader. Jeiel and Maaseiah counted the soldiers and put them into groups. Hananiah was one of the king's officers.
12. There were 2600 leaders over the soldiers.
13. These family leaders were in charge of an army of 307,500 men who fought with great power. These soldiers helped the king against the enemy.
14. Uzziah gave the army shields, spears, helmets, armor, bows, and stones for the slings.
15. In Jerusalem, Uzziah made machines that were invented by clever men. These machines were put on the towers and corner walls. They shot arrows and large rocks. Uzziah became famous. People knew his name in far away places. He had much help and became a powerful king.
16. But when Uzziah became strong, his pride caused him to be destroyed. He was not faithful to the Lord his God. He went into the Lord's Temple to burn incense on the altar for burning incense.
17. Azariah the priest and 80 brave priests who served the Lord followed Uzziah into the Temple.
18. They told Uzziah he was wrong and said to him, "Uzziah, it is not your job to burn incense to the Lord. It is not good for you to do this. The priests and Aaron's descendants are the ones who burn incense to the Lord. These priests were trained for holy service to burn incense. Go out of the Most Holy Place. You have not been faithful. The Lord God will not honor you for this."
19. But Uzziah was angry. He had a bowl in his hand for burning incense. While Uzziah was very angry with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead. This happened in front of the priests in the Lord's Temple by the altar for burning incense.
20. Azariah the leading priest and all the priests looked at Uzziah. They could see the leprosy on his forehead. The priests quickly forced him out from the Temple. Uzziah himself hurried out because the Lord had punished him.
21. So Uzziah the king was a leper. He could not enter the Lord's Temple. His son Jotham controlled the king's palace and became governor for the people.
22. Everything else Uzziah did, from beginning to end, is written by the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz.
23. Uzziah died and was buried near his ancestors in the field near the king's burial places. This was because the people said, "Uzziah has leprosy." And Uzziah's son Jotham became the new king in his place.

2 Chronicles 27:1-9
1. Jotham was 25 years old when he became king. He ruled 16 years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jerusha. Jerusha was Zadok's daughter.
2. Jotham did what the Lord wanted him to do. He obeyed God just as his father Uzziah had done. But Jotham did not enter the Lord's Temple to burn incense as his father had. But the people continued doing wrong.
3. Jotham rebuilt the Upper Gate of the Lord's Temple. He did much building on the wall at the place named Ophel.
4. He also built towns in the hill country of Judah. He built fortresses and towers in the forests.
5. Jotham also fought against the king of the Ammonites and his army and defeated them. So each year for three years the Ammonites gave Jotham 3?tons of silver, 62,000 bushels of wheat, and 62,000 bushels of barley.
6. Jotham became powerful because he faithfully obeyed the Lord his God.
7. Everything else Jotham did and all his wars are written in the book, The History of the Kings of Israel and Judah.
8. Jotham was 25 years old when he became king. He ruled 16 years in Jerusalem.
9. Then Jotham died and was buried with his ancestors. The people buried him in the City of David. Jotham's son Ahaz became king in his place.

Psalms 84:1-7
1. To the director: On the gittith. A song of praise from the Korah family. Lord All-Powerful, the place where you live is so beautiful!
2. Lord, I cannot wait to enter your Temple. I am so excited! Every part of me cries out to be with the Living God.
3. Lord All-Powerful, my King, my God, even the birds have found a home in your Temple. They make their nests near your altar, and there they have their babies.
4. What blessings there are for those who live at your Temple! They continue to praise you. Selah
5. What blessings there are for all who depend on you for strength! Their heart's desire is to make the trip to your Temple.
6. They travel through Baca Valley, which God has made into a place of springs. Autumn rains form pools of water there.
7. The people travel from town to town on their way to Zion, where they will meet with God.

Proverbs 21:4-5
4. Proud looks and proud thoughts are sins. They show a person is evil.
5. Careful planning leads to profit. Acting too quickly leads to poverty.

Acts 19:1-20
1. While Apollos was in the city of Corinth, Paul was visiting some places on his way to Ephesus. In Ephesus he found some other followers of the Lord.
2. He asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" These followers said to him, "We have never even heard of a Holy Spirit!"
3. Paul asked them, "So what kind of baptism did you have?" They said, "It was the baptism that John taught."
4. Paul said, "John told people to be baptized to show they wanted to change their lives. He told people to believe in the one who would come after him, and that one is Jesus."
5. When these followers heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6. Then Paul laid his hands on them, and the Holy Spirit came on them. They began speaking different languages and prophesying.
7. There were about twelve men in this group.
8. Paul went into the synagogue and spoke very boldly. He continued doing this for three months. He talked with the Jews, trying to persuade them to accept what he was telling them about God's kingdom.
9. But some of them became stubborn and refused to believe. In front of everyone they said bad things about the Way. So Paul left these Jews and took the Lord's followers with him. He went to a place where a man named Tyrannus had a school. There Paul talked with people every day.
10. He did this for two years. Because of this work, everyone in Asia, Jews and Greeks, heard the word of the Lord.
11. God used Paul to do some very special miracles.
12. Some people carried away handkerchiefs and clothes that Paul had used and put them on those who were sick. The sick people were healed, and evil spirits left them.
13. Some Jews also were traveling around forcing evil spirits out of people. The seven sons of Sceva were doing this. (Sceva was one of the leading priests.) These Jews tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus to make the evil spirits go out of people. They all said, "By the same Jesus that Paul talks about, I order you to come out!"
15. But one time an evil spirit said to these Jews, "I know Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?"
16. Then the man who had the evil spirit inside him jumped on these Jews. He was much stronger than all of them. He beat them up and tore their clothes off. They all ran away from that house.
17. All the people in Ephesus, Jews and Greeks, learned about this. They were all filled with fear and gave great honor to the Lord Jesus.
18. Many of the believers began to confess, telling about all the evil things they had done.
19. Some of them had used magic. These believers brought their magic books and burned them before everyone. These books were worth about 50,000 silver coins.
20. This is how the word of the Lord was spreading in a powerful way, causing more and more people to believe.